Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
July 15, Sunday
MOUNTAINTOP MASTERWORKS I: BERNSTEIN & BEETHOVEN
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Beethoven's "Eroica" has been called "the greatest leap ever made in the history of arts and letters." Find out why this piece stirs the soul, and explore the unique Facsimile of ballet music by another groundbreaking composer: Leonard Bernstein. Featuring solos by three of Festival Artists. Dunlop Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort.  3-5pm Sunday.  $42 per person, under 18 free.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0541. 
 
July 5-26, Thursdays
ROCK N' RIDGEVIEW
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Department.
Grab a blanket & meet up at the amphitheater for live music. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the food truck. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
July 6-27, Fridays
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: JULY LINE-UP
Sprint Pavilion.
July's concerts feature July 6-Free Union, July 13-Rob Cheatham, July 20-Speidel, Goodrich, and Goggin and July 27-Gladstones Sprint Pavilion.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
July 31, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
The program will include classics, patriotic favorites, jazz, pop and show tunes. Guest artist is trombonist Jason Dech. There will be a musical instrument petting zoo for the youngsters beginning at 7pm. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-9850. 
 
August 14, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
The program will include classics, patriotic favorites, jazz, pop and show tunes. Guest artists include the C’ville Singers and strings from the Front Porch Roots Music School. There will be a musical instrument petting zoo for the youngsters beginning at 7pm. Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center.  7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-9850. 
 
August 14, Tuesday
TUESDAY TUNES WITH THE POLLOCKS
James Monroe's Highland/ The Front Porch.
James Monroe's Highland, in partnership with The Front Porch, hosts the 4th annual Tuesday Tunes, a three-part series of sunset concerts at the home of President James Monroe. Bring the family and a picnic for a concert at the home of James Monroe at sunset. Local food and alcohol vendors will also be on-site. James Monroe's Highland.  6-9pm.  $Free.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
August 19, Sunday
SUMMER CONCERT WITH THE RICHMOND CONCERT BAND
Agecroft Hall.
The Spotlight concert will highlight individuals in the Richmond Concert Band as soloists and the Jazz band will also perform. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a lovely evening of music, beautiful gardens and special time with friends and family. Agecroft Hall, Richmond.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: kreynolds@agecrofthall.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-737-3767. 
 
August 3-24, Fridays
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: AUGUST LINE-UP
Sprint Pavilion.
August's concerts feature: August 3-Skip Castro, August 10-Kendall Street Company, August 17-Vibe Riot, August 24-The Barons Sprint Pavilion.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-2728-849. 
 
May 27-September 30, Select Sundays
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
July 22, Sunday
5TH ANNUAL SUPER PEACH SUNDAY
Drumheller's Orchard.
Peaches, peach ice cream, peach milk shakes, peach samples, peach product, live music, food and lots of fun at Drumheller's with a designated Kids Zone for the kids. Food will be provided by the Lovingston Ruritan Club. Drumheller's Orchard, Lovingston.  11am-5pm.  Email: morgan@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-5036. 
 
July 21-22, Saturday-Sunday
8TH ANNUAL OL' FASHIONED PEACH FESTIVAL
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Come out for games, contests, hayrides, food, wine and hard cider. There will also be a Pie Eating Contest for special prizes with categories for ages 12 and under and adults (ages 13 and up). Carter Mountain Orchard.  Directions: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail.  9am-7pm Saturday; 9am-6pm Sunday.  $Free admission & parking.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
July 28, Saturday
AFTON AFTER HOURS
Afton Mountain Vineyards.
Live music by Chamomile & Whiskey. Food trucks available, picnics welcome. Rain or shine. Bring a chair or a blanket. Wine available for bottle purchase only. Afton Mountain Vineyards.  6-9pm.  $5 cover, under 18 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8667. 
 
August 4, Saturday
BLACKBERRY HARVEST AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery.
An all-day event that is fun for everyone. Pick your own blackberries (or let the kids) while you enjoy a glass of your favorite Hill Top wine. Winetasting, food and live music all day. Food available for purchase. There will be vendors on site with a variety of wares for sale. Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery.  Directions: 2800 Berry Hill Rd., Nellysford.  9am-6pm.  $10 adults; $5 if you bring at least 1 non-perishable food item (per person); Kids 18 and under are Free.  Email: hilltop1@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1266. 
 
August 4-5, Saturday-Sunday
34TH ANNUAL HOMEMADE PEACH ICE CREAM DAYS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Join the Crozet Lions Club for homemade peach ice cream. The proceeds will go towards the Crozet and Western Albemarle communities. Chiles Peach Orchard.  Directions: 1351 Greenwood Rd., Crozet.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
July 14-August 5
U-PICK BLACKBERRY SEASON 2018
Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery.
Pick your own blackberries on our beautiful farm. No thorns. Blackberries priced by the quart. Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: hilltop1@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1266. 
 
August 7, Tuesday
FLOWER ARRANGING DAY FOR TWO
Pharsalia.
Join Meg and Foxie in the cutting garden and under the tent at Pharsalia with your guest as you experience the enjoyment of cutting fresh flowers. Flower arranging will be followed by a a catered lunch. Participants can take a quick half-hour dip in the pool following lunch. Bring 2 small containers, one for you and one for your guest and 2 pairs of clippers. 2333 Pharsalia Rd, Tyro.  5:30pm.  $120.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pharsaliaevents.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5231. 
 
August 9, Thursday
LET'S GO COOK
Monticello.
Young cooks and their favorite grownups will begin by harvesting fruits and vegetables from the Monticello gardens. The class will then help prepare both sweet and savory recipes that were favorites of the Jefferson family. Eat what's been made and take home the recipes. Monticello.  Directions: Meets at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  9:30-11:30am.  $12 for adults; $9 for children; Free for children under 5.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
May 22-August 29, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
COME GROW WITH US
Chiles Family Orchards.
These children's sessions include story time, a take-home craft or cooking project, and a small container for pick-your-own fruit and a snack. The program is geared towards ages 3-8, but all ages are welcome. No drop offs. Chiles Peach Orchard.  10:30am, arrive by 10:15 to register.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
May 29-August 29, Mondays & Tuesdays
CULTIVATING CURIOSITY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Bring kids ages 3-8 for a story time, craft, snack and fruit picking. Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am.  $8 per child, no charge for accompanying adult.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 14-August
PICK YOUR OWN BLACKBERRIES
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
Pick your own thornless blackberries. Peaches are ripe but are only available pre-picked. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  10am-5pm Saturday, 12-4pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5516. 
 
April-September, Final Fridays
ORCHARD JAMS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
The newest tradition at the orchard includes live music, food, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Prince Michel Wines. A family-friendly event where you can bring the kids and relax in the Peach Tree Courtyard and play corn hole and other lawn games. Music begins at 6pm. Chiles Orchard, Crozet.  6-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
May 12-September 8, Second Saturdays
BLM BULL & RODEO
Oakland Heights Farm.
A fun family-friendly atmosphere, including live music, mutton busting and ladies barrel racing. Make an evening of it with live music, vendors, and food concessions benefiting the Gordonsville Fire Department. Oakland Heights Farm, Gordonsville.  5:30pm gates open, 6pm music, 7:15 bull riding.  $15 adults, ages 3-13 $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Matt Lamb.  Email: oaklandheightsfarm@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-222-1824. 
 
June 9-September 8, Second Saturdays
STARRY NIGHTS AT VERITAS VINEYARD & WINERY
Veritas Vineyard & Winery.
Come spend a night on the lawn listening to great music under the stars. Bring a picnic and buy your favorite Veritas wines, or enjoy the buffet at a table (reservations required). Bring your family, friends, picnics, lawn chairs, and dancing shoes for an unforgettable night in the great outdoors. Veritas Vineyard & Winery.  5pm gates open, 7-11pm band.  Email: tastingroom@veritaswines.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8000. 
 
Mid-June through mid-September
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PEACHES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own yellow peaches mid-June through mid-September among scenic views. Ready-picked peaches include white peaches and donut peaches. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-6pm Monday-Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday (through August 25).  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
May 3-September 27, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Enjoy dinner, live music, hayrides, and the best view of a sunset anywhere. It’s free admission. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, or come early for a picnic table. Carter Mountain Orchard.  5:30-9pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
late-June-mid-October
HENLEY'S ORCHARD
Just north of downtown Crozet, Henley's grows more than 25 varieties of apples with a low-spray method--including regional darling: Albemarle Pippin. Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7848. 
 
April 7-November 15, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area.This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
April-November, Weekends
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT CHILES PEACH ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  10am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
July 21-22, Saturday-Sunday
8TH ANNUAL OL' FASHIONED PEACH FESTIVAL
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Come out for games, contests, hayrides, food, wine and hard cider. There will also be a Pie Eating Contest for special prizes with categories for ages 12 and under and adults (ages 13 and up). Carter Mountain Orchard.  Directions: 1435 Carters Mountain Trail.  9am-7pm Saturday; 9am-6pm Sunday.  $Free admission & parking.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
July 28, Saturday
29TH ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL
Chihamba.
Celebrate the rich heritage of people of African ancestry and their contributions to the community, the nation and the world. Booker T. Washington Park.  10am-7:30pm.  Contact: Marie Whitten.  Email: cvillefestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-0115. 
 
July 28, Saturday
7TH ANNUAL PEACH DAY FESTIVAL
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Enjoy live music from Jimmy O, hot dogs, pork bbq sandwiches, chicken tenders and more plus the peach ice cream, peach preserves and fresh peaches for sale. Kettle corn, funnel cakes and more along with craft vendors, hayrides, pony rides and swimming at the pool. Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  9am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
July 26-28, Thursday-Saturday
ALBEMARLE COUNTY FAIR
Albemarle County Fair.
This three-day agricultural celebration is full of festive, family fun in a historic setting. Enjoy farm animals, craft exhibits, live music, games and activities, children's rides, contests and programs for the entire family! James Monroe's Highland.  4-9pm Thursday, 10am-9pm Friday and Saturday.  $5, children under 6 free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@albemarlecountyfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-2725. 
 
July 27 & 28, Friday & Saturday
LOUISA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come out for pure country fun with barbeques, live bands, 4-H projects and much more. Louisa Fireman Fairgrounds.  Directions: 200 Frederickburg Ave., Louisa.  Contact: Crystal Clough.  Email: information@louisacountyagfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-3275. 
 
July 29, Saturday
SUMMER FEST
Liberty Mills Farm.
Summer Fest features "Flowers on the Farm" special you-pick flower pricing for buckets and bouquets, sampling of different varieties of cantaloupes and watermelons, a Zucchini Bake-Off Contest, Watermelon seed spitting contest, tractor powered ice cream machine, Farm Market, grilled hot dogs during the lunch hour, local vendors and more. Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-882-6293. 
 
August 1, Wednesday
FLOATING LANTERN FESTIVAL
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
From 5:30-9:30pm enjoy acoustic ensembles throughout the Garden, from 6-7pm write a wish and then launch your floating lanterns from 7-8pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-10pm.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
July 31-August 4, Tuesday-Saturday
AUGUSTA COUNTY FAIR
Augusta County Fair.
Tractor pulls, motocross, petting zoos, hot dog pig racing, laser tag and more. Augusta Expoland.  See website for schedule.  All ages welcome.  Email: acfair@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-245-5627. 
 
June 2, July 7 & August 4
MUSIC IN THE BLUE RIDGE
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Come enjoy amazing tunes, brews, and views with pop-up beer tastings, too. You can camp in the new Devils Backbone Camp. Showers, RV hookups, and glamping packages are now available. Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows.  Directions: 200 Mosbys Run, Roseland.  5-6pm beer tasting, gates open 4:30pm.  $15 advance, $20 at the gate, free for 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1001. 
 
July 27-August 5, Friday-Sunday
FREDERICKSBURG AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Enjoy the oldest fair in the United States. Come celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment and food for the whole family. See website for schedule and prices. Directions: 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg .  All ages welcome.  Contact: C. Travis Bullock.  Email: fredfair123@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-1294. 
 
July 8-August 5
SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL AND ACADEMY
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Building Bridges: Celebrating the Connections that Only Music Can Make presented by Wintergreen Performing Arts. Professional musicians and artists join forces with aspiring student musicians and faculty. Set among the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you'lll hear classical, jazz, pop, bluegrass, and Broadway. Plus you can enjoy cooking classes, seminars, and concerts at neighborhood wineries, cideries, breweries, and venues. Wintergreen Resort Park.  $various.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julianne Akins.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0541. 
 
August 10 & 11, Friday & Saturday
BOTETOURT COUNTY FAIR
VCE Botetourt County.
Come out and enjoy 4-H Youth Livestock shows, homemaking exhibits, agricultural demonstrations, a farmers market, food vendors and more. Buchanan Town Park, Buchanan.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-473-8260. 
 
August 12, Sunday
35TH ANNUAL CARYTOWN WATERMELON FESTIVAL
Martin's.
Big bands, jugglers and folk acts entertain on five outdoor stages with over 50 performances scheduled. Over 100 hundred street vendors will transform Cary Street. 3126 West Cary St., Richmond.  10am-6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-304-6870. 
 
August 9-12, Thursday-Sunday
9TH ANNUAL RICHMOND JAZZ FESTIVAL
Maymont.
Join thousands of music lovers and enjoy the very best in cuisine during performance after performance of world-class music. Maymont Mansion.  11am-11pm.  $80-150.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-644-8515. 
 
August 10-12, Friday-Sunday
NIGHT SKIES FESTIVAL
National Park Service.
Celebrate the valuable resource of dark skies through guest presentations by astronomy experts, Ranger Programs, and viewing the beautiful night skies Shenandoah National Park protects. Big Meadows Area.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
August 16-18, Thursday-Saturday
FLUVANNA COUNTY FAIR
Fluvanna County Parks & Recreation.
See an antique tractor pull, jalapeno eating contest, sheep shearing, popular displays in the Virginia Farm Bureau Womens Home Arts buildings, bull riding and barrel racing. Discover all sorts of fun and fabulous events including fair foods, competitions, 4-H livestock show, equine trials, continuous free entertainment on the Park Stage, one of Virginias best midways and much more. Pleasant Grove Park, Palmyra.  6pm Wednesday, 4pm Thursday & Friday, 10am Saturday.  $2 general admission, free for ages 2 and under.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jonathan Pace.  Email: jonathanpace@fluvannacounty.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-842-3150. 
 
August 10-18
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY FAIR
Prince William County.
Come out for the largest County Fair in the state of Virginia. The annual event in Manassas includes livestock exhibits, home arts exhibits, tractor pulls, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, live music and a variety of midway shows. See website for schedule. Prince William County Fairgrounds.  Times vary.  $10, $6 child/seniors .  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pwcfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-368-0173. 
 
August 13-18, Monday-Saturday
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY FAIR
Rockingham County Fair Association.
The state's largest agricultural fair with rides, competitions, motor sports, animals and more. See website for a schedule of events. Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg.  $Prices vary.  All ages welcome.  Email: jeff@rockinghamcountyfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-434-0005. 
 
August 18 & 19, Saturday & Sunday
ANNUAL HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL
The Flying Circus.
Hot Air Balloon launches/rides in the early mornings and late afternoon/evenings, open cockpit airplane rides before and after the air show and more. Bealeton.  Directions: 5114 Ritchie Rd. (Rt. 644).  6am-6pm.  $15 Adults, $7 Kids 5-12, free for kids under 5.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@flyingcircusairshow.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-439-8661. 
 
Sundays in August
AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC SERIES
Frontier Culture Museum.
The event series celebrates the influence of these musical roots genres on American frontier culture. The event provides a casual environment, and features dinner theater seating with food & beverage vendors. Lee S. Cochran Pavilion at the Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  5-7pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-903-3613. 
 
July 20-September 2
SHENANDOAH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival.
This summer, come to one of the mid-Atlantic region's longest-running outdoor music events, with world-class music by a stellar array of performers. Shrine Mont Camp & Conference Center, Orkney Springs.  Times vary.  $Prices vary.  Email: info@musicfest.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-459-3396. 
 
May 27-September 23, Fourth Sundays
PICNIC ON THE PATIO
Tavern on the Green.
Enjoy food, fun and games in a carnival atmosphere featuring corn hole, volley ball, a bounce house, and more. Each event will feature different vendors, a winery, distillery, & brewery. Pre-order a picnic basket from the Tavern or purchase à la carte as there will be grilling outside with all your picnic favorites. Seating is available on the patio but you can bring your own lawn chairs or blanket to eat on the grass. Tavern on the Green, Zion Crossroads.  12-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
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August 4, Saturday
WOODSON'S MILL OPEN HOUSE
Woodson's Mill.
Come to this historic landmark that still stone-grinds its grains and produces natural flours and meals by hand. Woodson's Mill, Roseland.  10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-803-1794. 
 
July 5-August 31
KIDS ARE FREE
James Madison's Montpelier.
Montpelier is offering free admission to all children (14 and under) who visit with a paying adult. Kids are Free promotion applies exclusively to any Daily Tour. All visitors are asked to check in at the Visitor Center. James Madison's Montpelier.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
June 10 & September 2, Sundays
THE DOGS OF MONTPELIER LANDSCAPE WALK
James Madison's Montpelier.
Enjoy Montpelier’s trails and grounds with your canine companion, while learning about the history and folklore of dogs at Montpelier. James Madison's Montpelier.  2pm.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
May 12, June 16, July 14, August 18, September 15 & October 27, Saturdays
DIG IT! MONTPELIER ARCHAEOLOGY TOUR
James Madison's Montpelier.
These monthly tours highlight the many different components of the archaeological discovery process, including Locating, Excavating, Analyzing, and Reconstructing archaeological sites on the property. Come see sites that have been located by the archaeology department, and explore the ongoing excavations and analysis being conducted. James Madison's Montpelier.  1-2pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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April 27-September 8
FEATURED FARMER FRIDAYS
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.
Each Friday, come to a mini farmers’ market in the Tasting Room Veranda with local farmers to showcase and sell their products. Come every Friday to celebrate our local food and farmers. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden.  11am-5pm.  Email: info@pippinhillfarm.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8063. 
 
April 28-September 29, Saturdays
MADISON FARMERS' MARKET
Madison Farmers' Market.
Come to the Farmers Market to shop, eat and browse. Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.  8am-12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May-September, Saturdays
ALBEMARLE FARMERS MARKET
New farmers market at Hollymead Town Center. Hollymead Town Center.  8:30am-1pm.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: albemarlemarket@gmail.com. For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
May-October, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. Opening day in 2018 is May 2. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Meade Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Maloy.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
Late April-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Recreation Center parking lot.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: forestlakesmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
May 5-October 13, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For more info call: 434-823-1092. 
 
April-October, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 7-November 3, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy local produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, flowers, jams, and hand-crafted items in historic Scottsville. Scottsville Pavilion.  Directions: 125 Fleet St., Scottsville.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Deb Smith.  Email: market@scottsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-9267. 
 
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July 4-25, Wednesdays
FREE FAMILY FILM SERIES
Violet Crown Cinema and Virginia Discovery Museum.
Grab the popcorn, sit back and relax, and keep cool this summer with a free Family Film Series. July 4: Space Jam. July 11: Goonies. July 18: The Muppet Movie (1979). July 25: E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. After the movie, families can enjoy half-price same-day admission to the Virginia Discovery Museum when they redeem their ticket stub at the museum's check-in desk. Violet Crown Cinema.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-529-3000. 
 
July 24 & 25, Tuesday & Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS & ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL
Regal Cinemas.
See selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar. Both movies play on each day. Regal Stonefield Cinema.  10am.  $1.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 5-August 1, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
Regal Stonefield Cinema.
Enjoy a choice of two family-friendly flicks every week. Both movie play each day. Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 & IMAX.  10am.  $1.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-3213. 
 
July 31 & August 1, Tuesday & Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS: THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE & TROLLS
Regal Cinemas.
See family-friendly flicks for $1. Both movies play each day. Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 & IMAX.  10am.  $1.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 18, Saturday
OUTDOOR MOVIE: JUMANJI
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring the entire family, a picnic, your blanket and chairs and enjoy a free showing of Jumanji. Food and popcorn available for purchase. Rain location is Cochran Pavilion. Dod Ampitheater, Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Rd., Staunton.  8pm, doors open at 7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
June 16-August 18, Third Saturdays
SILVER SCREEN SATURDAYS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Wonder Woman (PG-13) in June and July and Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) in August. Northside Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES AT NORTHSIDE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snack and juice box provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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July 27, Friday
NEW CITY ARTS AND CRAFTS
New City Arts.
This monthly drop-in event for parents and kids at Welcome Gallerywill feature Grit coffee and snacks (for adults and kids), Tattly temporary tattoos (for adults and kids), and an ornament-making activity inspired by Kirsten Hemrich's Transient Places. Finish up with a story time. Welcome Gallery.  Directions: 114 3rd St. NE.  10-11am.  All ages welcome.  Email: lindsey@newcityarts.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-5277. 
 
August 16, Thursday
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
Explore the exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food, libations and music in Charlottesville. Featuring beer from Devil's Backbone Brewery, wine from Stone Mountain Vineyards, as well as Charlottesville's best food trucks. Live music by Adar. This event also features a Kids Zone with Australian-themed activities. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  $Free.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-0234. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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July 7-July 27, Monday, Wednesday & Fridays
SUMMER STAYCATION DAYS AT WILDROCK
Wildrock.
In addition to free play on the playscape, hike the discovery loop trial, enjoy a picnic lunch, or take part in one of the Summer Programs. Visit www.wildrock.org/make-a-reservation to reserve a spot. Wildrock, Crozet.  10am-3pm.  $Pay What You Can.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Carlene Hudgens.  Email: wildrockoperations@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 2293921323. 
 
June 22, July 13 & August 10, Fridays
WHO'S AWAKE? A FAMILY NIGHT HIKE
Maymont.
Ever wonder who stays awake while you sleep? Meet some of Maymont's nighttime residents and learn about their nocturnal adaptations through experiments, games and a hike of the grounds. Owls, skunks and many other creatures of the dark will help shed some light onto their mysterious ways. Ages 4 & older; adult must accompany children 15 & under. Maymont Nature Center.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  7:30-9:30pm.  $8 per person/$6 members.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7168. 
 
August 10-12, Friday-Sunday
3RD ANNUAL NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL
Shenandoah National Park.
Enjoy guest presentations by astronomy experts, NPS Ranger Programs and viewing the captivating night skies Shenandoah National Park protects. Locations throughout Shenandoah National Park.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
May 26-September 2
ALBEMARLE COUNTY BEACHES OPEN
Albemarle County Parks & Recreation.
On Saturday, May 26, swimming beaches at Chris Greene, Walnut Creek and Mint Springs open for the three-day holiday weekend. Beaches are open daily from Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend, except when Albemarle County Schools are in session. This year, swimming will be available daily beginning on June 8, 2018. Various beach locations.  Daylight hours.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 7-September 13, Second and Fourth Thursdays
FIDOS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA allowing leashed pets during the second and fourth Thursdays of each month's Flowers After 5. Water Play in the Children's Garden will be available weather permitting. A suggested pet admission price of $2 benefits the SPCA. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 7-September 14, Thursdays
FLOWERS AFTER 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Relax on Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Flowers After 5. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA on the second and fourth Thursdays of June, July, August and Thursday September 13 to allow leashed pets at "Fidos After 5." Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-9pm.  $13 Adults, $11 Seniors 55+, $8 Children 3-12. Children under 3 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 27-September 30, Select Sundays
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
April 6-October 14
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies. Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 5-October 28
RIDES ON THE GYPSY EXPRESS
Gypsy Hill Park Express.
The Gypsy Express is a short, fun ride around a scenic area of Stauntons Gypsy Hill Park. Today's riders are frequently the children and grandchildren of those who first rode the mini train more than a half-century ago. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  1-5pm.  $1.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3800. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
Second Mondays & Final Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE MCCORMICK OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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July 22, Sunday
MUSIC IN UNUSUAL PLACES: RAVEN'S ROOST STRING TRIO
Wintergreen Performing Arts / Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Enjoy a cup of Trager Brothers Coffee under the maples at RVCC while listening to students from the Summer Music Festival Academy. 1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 29, Sunday
WINTERGREEN PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS: VOICES & WINDS IN THE VALLEY
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner, or grab an under-tent table, and enjoy exciting tunes from Broadway to the Opera, sung by the talented singers in the Vocal Intensive program. Plus, the new Academy woodwind quintet will perform, offering something for everyone. Libations available for purchase. Blue Mountain Pavilion at Rockfish Valley Community Center.  7:30-9pm.  $Free (donations accepted).  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 10, Friday
MUSIC FROM AROUND THE WORLD ROCKS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Sing and dance with Jay Sand and his family in this musical romp around the globe. This high-energy concert will include music from several continents and in nearly a dozen different languages. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30-11:15am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
August 11, Saturday
MUSIC FROM AROUND THE WORLD ROCKS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Sing and dance with Jay Sand and his family in this musical romp around the globe. This high-energy concert will include music from several continents and in nearly a dozen different languages. Northside Library.  10:30-11:15am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
July 13-August 12
KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL
Virginia Repertory Theatre.
Based on the Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, this wacky, heart-warming tale of kerfuffle is bubbly, colorful, and perfect for kids and adults alike. The Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn.  $18+.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-282-2620. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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July 22, Sunday
VENDOR BINGO TO SUPPORT LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Like A Boss Networking & Events.
Come out for a fun afternoon of shopping, balloon animals, face painting & Bingo to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America. Shopping with vendors and Bingo card sales begin at 1pm and Bingo will start at 3pm. Bingo cards can be purchased in advance or on the day of the event. Tickets in advance are $20/set or may be purchased the day of event for $25/set. There will also be a 50/50 Raffle. Best Western Plus Crossroads Inn & Suites.  1-6pm.  $Free Admission For Shopping/Bingo Cards $20/In Advance & $25/At The Door.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Melissa Bibb.  Email: thesophisticatescentralva@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 23, Monday
SCREEN PRINTING CRAFT WORKSHOP
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Learn simple screen printing techniques to try out on a blank canvas tote bag. All materials provided. Ages 14+. Required registration begins July 9. Crozet Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
July 24, Tuesday
MOVEMENT, MUSIC, AND ME (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VA)
JMRL- Central Library.
Explore music and dance with West African rhythm. Atumpan uses traditional African instruments to explore community and culture while encouraging the audience to join in with rhythm, dance, and call and response. Central Library.  10:30-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
July 25, Wednesday
MUSIC, MOVEMENT AND ME (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VA)
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Explore music and dance with West African rhythm. Atumpan uses traditional African instruments to explore community and culture while encouraging the audience to join in with rhythm, dance, and call and response. Gordon Ave Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
July 26, Thursday
REPTILES ALIVE
JMRL- Northside.
Learn snake secrets. Laugh at lizard stories and turtle tales. Meet and learn about reptiles from all over the world. Northside Library.  4-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 13-July 26, Wednesdays or Thursdays
ROMP 'N STOMP
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required and should be for either day's session. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
January 27-July 28, Fourth Saturdays except in June
FAFSA SUPER SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
PVCC.
Need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form? PVCC can help. Students and parents should bring copies of tax returns, wage statements and records of all sources of income. Before attending, students and parents should also create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. PVCC Main Building, Room M154.  9am-12pm.  $Free and open to the public.  Email: finaid@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 27 & 28, Friday & Saturday
LOUISA COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Come out for pure country fun with barbeques, live bands, 4-H projects and much more. Louisa Fireman Fairgrounds.  Directions: 200 Frederickburg Ave., Louisa.  Contact: Crystal Clough.  Email: information@louisacountyagfair.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-3275. 
 
Weekends in July
SWANNANOA PALACE OPEN HOUSE
Swannanoa Palace.
Swannanoa Palace, a $2 million mansion built in 1912 by Major James Dooley and modeled after the Villa Medici in Rome, is open to the public. The 4,000-piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley are sure to impress. Swannanoa Palace.  Directions: 497 Swannanoa Lane, Afton.  11:30am-5pm.  $8, 12 and under free (cash or check only).  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-5653. 
 
July 30, Monday
3D PRINTING 101
JMRL- Northside Library.
Curious about the library's 3D printer? Join library staff as they demonstrate how to create an object using Tinkercad or select an object using Thingverse and then print it. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
July 24-August 2
LANGUAGE FUN FOR SPECIAL LITTLES
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Speech-language pathologist Dr. Carolyn Gosse and special educator Carolyn Hawkes will introduce preschoolers with special needs to new ideas, words, and ways to use language during a free, four-part program series in the mornings before the Museum opens to the public. We will sing, take turns, play with toys, practice greeting new friends, and have a ball, and each session will feature a different story about favorite characters. Pre-registration required. Space limited. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  9-9:30am.  $Free to attend.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
August 2, Thursday
THE MULTICULTURAL ROOTS OF ROCK & RAP
JMRL - Northside Library.
Did you know that the American banjo come from Mali? The guitar from Spain? Many percussion rhythms from Cuba and South America? Curtis Blues will bring history to life by playing instruments from all over the world and exploring how that history still influences the music we listen to today. Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
August 4, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE DAY
IX Art Park.
Bring the family for art, food trucks, culture, vendors, live entertainment, games and more. IX Art Park.  10am-4pm.  $15 ages 21+, $5 ages 17-20, kids free.  All ages welcome.  Email: vintageent1@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 240-606-7169. 
 
August 4, Saturday
MEET THE AUTHORS: MY PLAIN JANE
Barnes and Noble.
Come meet authors Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton and Cynthia Hand. Barnes and Noble.  12-1:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 4, Saturday
TOY TRAIN SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA
Virginia Train Collectors.
Over 70 vendor tables, operating train layouts, raffle prizes and fun for the whole family. East Rivanna Fire Hall.  Directions: 3501 Steamer Drive, Keswick.  9am-3pm.  $5 adult, kids 12 and under free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-981-5924. 
 
August 5, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL VIRGINIA WINE & OYSTER FESTIVAL
On Sunny Slope Farm.
Enjoy tastings from Virginia wineries, coastal oysters and an array of craft foods as you explore curated, local artisan booths and are entertained with live music and fun activities. On Sunny Slope Farm, Harrisonburg.  11am-5pm.  $5-75.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 27-August 5, Friday-Sunday
FREDERICKSBURG AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Enjoy the oldest fair in the United States. Come celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment and food for the whole family. See website for schedule and prices. Directions: 2400 Airport Avenue, Fredericksburg .  All ages welcome.  Contact: C. Travis Bullock.  Email: fredfair123@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-1294. 
 
June 10, July 8 & August 5, Sundays
SUNDAY SUNDOWNS
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Join in an afternoon of fun, with a cookout, music, games and free swimming at Washington Park Pool. Washington Park Pool.  Directions: 1001 Preston Avenue.  4-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3260. 
 
August 10, Friday
AMAZING ME NIGHT
Amazement Square and Rehab Associates of Central VA.
A night to celebrate kids of all abilities, Amazing Me will feature an art program, and other sensory activities all with adaptive elements to support varying levels of ability. The event is free for children and their guests, but registration is required. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
August 12, Sunday
COMMUNITY SING-OUT
IX Art Park .
Mount Zion First African Baptist Church will distribute sheet music beginning at 1pm an informal rehearsal at the church will begin at 2pm. The sing-out will take place at IX at 4pm. IX Art Park.  4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-265-5594. 
 
August 13-17, Monday-Friday
B&O BEACH BOUND RAIL ADVENTURES
B&O Railroad Museum.
Celebrate summer with a summer adventure full of fun hands-on activities to keep kids entertained and engaged including story time, sand fun, boat building, water garden, bounce house, arcade games and train ride, to name a few. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore.  10am-3pm; Train ride 11:30am Thursday & Friday.  $20 adults, $12 ages 2-12.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 410-752-2490. 
 
August 18, Saturday
BEAT THE HEAT PARTY
DuCard Vineyards.
Cool wines, mountain streams, shaded patios and water fun. And what better music to celebrate with than that of Tropical Attitudes and their Buffet style tropical rock and country music from 1-5pm. Food by Two Brothers Southwestern Grill. Lawn games and other fun stuff, and vineyard and winery tours. Also appearing will be renowned glass engraver Patty Sevre. DuCard Vineyards.  1-6pm.  $No Cover.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
June 23 & August 18, Saturdays
SOUNDS OF SUMMER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Free community celebration with live music, fun and free food as long as supplies last. Belmont Park & Azalea Park.  6-8pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3260. 
 
August 18, Saturday
TOTALLY '80S 8K AND AFTERPARTY
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Department.
Come don your best '80s gear and run. After, stay to hear a DJ spinning '80s tracks, cool off at the pool party, and eat from great food trucks. You may even win an award. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  6pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 19, Sunday
RED YARN AT C'VILLE FAMILY JAMS
Fry's Spring Beach Club.
Come at 4 pm and enjoy FSBC's pools, grounds, and cafe before the 5pm show. Join Red Yarn (aka singer Andy Furgeson) as he alternates between playing guitar & singing and doing bits with his puppets about a totally inclusive barn party on an imaginary farm. All proceeds go to Barrett Early Learning Center. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  4-7 pm.  $10/person and $35/family.  Contact: Robin Wrightson.  Email: fsbcdirector@frysspring.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
August 10-19
STAUNTON MUSIC FESTIVAL
This 10-day, European-style classical music festival features multiple concerts every day. More than 70 of the world's finest professional musicians  members of acclaimed ensembles like the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera  travel from around the globe to stage concerts that span 600 years of music. See site for details. $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June-August
SUMMER READING CHALLENGE
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Adults, teens, and kids can all participate in the same program, using the same process. Pick up your first challenge sheet from any library branch or download it from the JMRL website. Complete the reading challenges with a friend or family member and earn prizes. All JMRL branches.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 11-September 3
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library. Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
Now-September 7, Fridays
$5 AFTER FIVE: LATE-PLAY NIGHTS AT THE MUSEUM
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Play late on Fridays at the Museum from spring into the end of summer. No registration required. Virginia Discovery Museum.  $5 per family.  Email: vol@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
First Full Weekends
FREE ADMISSION TO VIRGINIA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Bank of America / Virginia Discovery Museum.
The first full weekend of the month, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust credit and debit cardholders will get free admission to the Museum. Virginia Discovery Museum.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
PINBALL AT PAUL'S PINBALL PALACE
Pinball Palace.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. The Glass Building.  7-11pm Fridays, 1-6pm Sundays.  $10 for unlimited play. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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Thursdays in July
ALL-COMERS SUMMER TRACK MEETS
Charlottesville Track Club.
A summer tradition since 1975 - the Charlottesville Track Club will host a series of races from 100 meters to 5,000 meters for all ages and all abilities. Special events for children as well as parent/child and sibling relays. Race day signup only. Price is per person, not per event. Kids receive a track ribbon for each event. UVA Track at Lannigan Field.  6-8pm.  $2 non-member, $1 ctc member.  All ages welcome.  Email: charlottesvilletrackclub@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 26, Thursday
DERBY DAMES SCRIMMAGE
Charlottesville Derby Dames.
Charlottesville Derby Dames scrimmage in Ruckersville. Xanadu Warehouse.  Directions: 54 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  7-8:30pm.  $5 at the door.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 4, Saturday
BE BOLD 5K TRAIL
Corkscrew Racing and Bold Rock Hard Cider.
Mostly a grassy trail with short stints on gravel and pavement. Walker and fido-friendly and all-terrain strollers are welcome. Enjoy food and live music after. Bold Rock Cidery.  9am.  Email: info@corkscrewracing.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 11, Saturday
"PIT OF DREAMS" MUD BOG
Rockfish Valley Fire and Rescue.
Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire and Rescue's "Pit of Dreams" mud bog. First truck in the mud at noon. Food for purchase. Family fun. No pets or alcohol allowed. 11100 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton.  9am-6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-6465. 
 
August 18, Saturday
FACE THE FOREST 5K OBSTACLE COURSE RACE
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Are you up for an adventure? Challenge yourself to beat the clock as you take on a 3.1-mile obstacle race through Jefferson's Poplar Forest plantation encountering obstacles (and some mud) along the way. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  7:30am-12pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
August 18, Saturday
TOTALLY '80S 8K AND AFTERPARTY
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Department.
Come don your best '80s gear and run. After, stay to hear a DJ spinning '80s tracks, cool off at the pool party, and eat from great food trucks. You may even win an award. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  6pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
This open gym play time is geared towards Moms or Dads (or Grandmas, etc) and toddlers. No registration is necessary. This playgroup is geared toward kids under 6, but homeschoolers are welcome. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434 939 9177. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open Gym/Playtime for moms or dads and toddlers. Fridays from 9:30 - noon. No registration necessary. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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June 20-July 26, Wednesdays or Thursdays
SUMMERTIME STORIES
JMRL- Northside Library.
Enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays intended for 2 to 5 year olds, but all are welcome. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Note: Due to space limitations, this storytime cannot accommodate special groups. Northside Library.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 30 & July 28, Saturday
DONUTS WITH DAD
JMRL - Central Library.
A delicious storytime designed especially for dads to share with their little dumplins. Donuts, coffee, and juice will be served along with storytime fun. For dads, grandads, uncles or buddies (and, of course, moms). Central Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
August 1, Wednesday
DREAMTIME: TALES FROM DOWN UNDER
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Emus, crocodiles, and frogs... oh my! Experience the magic of stories from the Australian Dreamtime with the Barefoot Puppet Theatre. Learn how the emu became a flightless bird, why the platypus looks so strange, and meet a giant, ocean-swallowing frog. JMRL - Crozet Library.  10-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
June 16-August 25, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am & 1pm.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
 TheatreGo to top of List
 
July 28, Saturday
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE BALLET LIVE IN HD: SWAN LAKE
The Paramount Theater.
The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky's magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane. The Paramount Theater.  1pm.  $14.50 adult, $10.50 student, $12.50 senior.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
July 19-July 29
THE COCOANUTS
Heritage Theatre.
This tour-de-farce romp puts Groucho at the helm of a fourth-rate 1920's Florida hotel where he tries to swindle gullible tourists with shady land deals. Irving Berlin songs add to the frivolity of a deliciously silly musical that is perfect for the whole family. Culbreth Theatre.  All ages welcome.  Email: heritage@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
August 4, Saturday
PIRATES OF PENZANCE DINNER THEATER
Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
The annual Dinner Theatre will feature the Actors as your waiters. Lots of fun for the whole family. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1500 E. Rio Rd.  5:45pm dinner, 7pm show.  $7 adult's meal, $5 children's meal 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Aldersgate UMC.  Email: info@cvaumc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-5806. 
 
July 27-August 5
CHARLOTTESVILLE OPERA PRESENTS INTO THE WOODS
The Paramount Theater.
Join Charlottesville Opera as they present Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, the modern classic, which weaves together the stories of several fairy tales, examining the consequences of characters' wishes, live on The Paramount's stage. A special one-hour family performance will take place August 5. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm, 2pm Sundays.  $25-75.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
July 26-August 5, Thursday-Sunday
PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Black Box Players.
This family-friendly original adaptation will feature select songs from the Gilbert and Sullivan musical and promises to have you laughing from start to finish. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  7pm, doors open at 6:30pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Email: ticketsbbp@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 26-August 5
THE MOUNTAINTOP
Heritage Theatre.
On the stormy evening before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King has a chance encounter with a mysterious maid at the Lorraine Motel. Katori Hall's Olivier award-winning play reimagines Dr. King's final hours as he confronts his innermost thoughts and fears. Ruth Caplin Theatre.  Email: heritage@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
August 8 & 9, Wednesday-Thursday
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Shenandoah National Park.
Traveling Players Teen Ensemble presents Love's Labour's Lost. Skyland's Peak View Stage.  7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 3-5 & 10-12
NEWSIES: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL
ShenanArts.
ShenanArts at The nTelos Theatre, Staunton.  7pm Friday & Saturday; 3pm Sunday.  $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, $10 for children.  All ages welcome.  Email: theatre@shenanarts.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-712-0001. 
 
August 9-12 & 16-19, Thursday-Sunday
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
The Wayne Theatre.
Directed by Hank Fitzgerald . Music Direction by Amelia Fe Camacho. Choreography by Cory Willis. Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm, 3pm Sundays.  $22, $15 students.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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